He can be seen as one of the undercover police officers along with Al Pacino in Sidney Lumet's Serpico (1973), and in television roles including the villain in one third-season episode of Kojak (1973). In 2010, Abraham was the recipient of The Gielgud Award (Theatre) for that year. Additionally, Abraham was the primary narrator for the PBS series Nature between 2007 and 2010, narrating 32 episodes (plus one more in 2013). 2:25. [on the so-called "Oscar jinx"] The Oscar is the single most important event of my career. Academy Award-winning actor F. Murray Abraham was born on October 24, 1939 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and raised in El Paso, Texas. I think creativity is spiritual, I absolutely believe that. His father was Assyrian and emigrated from Syria at age 5 during the 1920s famine; his paternal grandfather was a chanter in the Syriac Orthodox Church. Once I looked into a mirror at my face, I felt like it was completely convincing. He completely trusts the person first, then the instrument. In the DVD audio commentary, his director on the film, Jean-Jacques Annaud, described Abraham as an "egomaniac" on the set, who considered himself more important than Sean Connery, since Connery did not have an Oscar. I'd like President Bush to think maybe there's another way to think, that maybe Kissinger was wrong when he says we had to go in there because he was wrong about Vietnam. By the mid-1970s, Murray had steady employment as an actor, doing commercials and voice-over work. I think comedy is a very honest medium compared to other theatre or screen genres, because there's never any doubt if it works. Abraham has been married to Kate Hannan since 1962; they have two children, Mick and Jamili, and one grandchild, Hannan. He has stated “Murray Abraham just doesn’t seem to say anything. He is the recipient of many awards and nominations including a 2011 Obie Award for his performance on stage in The Merchant of Venice. Attended and graduated from El Paso High School in El Paso, Texas (1958). JOSEPHINE ABRAHAM Obituary - El Paso, TX | El Paso Times, CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (, Nemy, Enid. Continuing with his stage work, F. Murray Abraham also began acting on television and in films. I have advice for people who win Academy Awards. He was an inspiration. I also think comedy is healthy. [Marlon] Brando was a great influence. It was very rough on my macho idea of life. It's thrilling, in fact. Pedro Borges, Other Works By the mid-1970s, he had steady employment as an actor, doing commercials and voice-overs. I'm aware of the audience and we function together - and it's this shared experience that makes me love theatre so much. They reach out to old people, to homeless, to A.A., to cross-dressers; it’s truly a church of the teachings of Christ. Abraham added "F." to his stage name in honor of his father Fahrid. It's that same thing you hear from so many people. In 1994, Abraham portrayed Roy Cohn in the first Broadway production of Tony Kushner‘s Angels in America at the Walter Kerr Theater, replacing Ron Leibman in the role. Then in 1985, Abraham won an Academy Award for Best Actor as well as a Golden Globe Best Actor for his portrayal of Antonio Salieri in Amadeus (1984). That said, the film was a critical success. More recently, he has voiced roles in Isle of Dogs (2018) and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) and played Tony in the 2019 live-action Lady and the Tramp. He was probably the only authentic genius actor I ever knew, I ever saw. I love parties, I love a good time. Abraham was born Murray Abraham on October 24, 1939 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Fahrid "Fred" Abraham, an auto mechanic, and his wife Josephine (née Stello) (April 15, 1915 – March 10, 2012), a housewife.  In El Paso, Abraham worked in the Farah Clothing factory owned by a Lebanese family before launching a career in acting. [2017 interview] Comedy is my absolute favourite, but I don't get a chance to do it anymore because I'm cast as a villain so much.